MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos belies an online report claiming he supposedly lied about his educational record posted on the Senate website.
A Rappler article by investigative journalist Marites Vitug on February 24 said that a fact-checking with Marcos’ overseas educational background were allegedly falsified as records from Oxford University in England and Wharton School of Business, University of Pennselyvania did not show a Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the list of their graduates.
In his Senate resume’, Marcos claimed he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford’s and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Wharton’s.
However, Vitug wrote that after subsequent inquiries to the school, it turned out he was not among those who graduated according to the 1977-78 university calendar. While Marcos entered Oxford in October 1975 and claims to have graduated in 1978, a source, who supposedly entered the school on the same year with the senator, confirmed that the latter stayed only for a year.
The source also claimed Marcos may have been “sent down” or expelled after having failed the Prelims, which means he was unable to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree.
“It is possible that he might have received a face-saving diploma, which is not the degree that he claims,” the article quoted the source as saying; further insinuating that his Oxford diploma is an “equivocal fraud”.
In the case of Wharton’s, repeated queries to the school confirmed that while Marcos attended the MBA program in 1979 until 1980, the senator, however, withdrew sometime in 1981 and was not able to graduate.
The reason was never revealed in the email sent as reply to their queries, according to the article.
Marcos refutes online claims
In an effort to clarify the claims made by Vitug in her article, Marcos released an official statement on the same day. It read:
To set the record straight, my educational record as posted in the Senate website and in my own official website is accurate.
I earned a diploma in political science at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University in England in 1978.
I thereafter did post-graduate studies at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA taking up Masters in Business Administration. I was however unable to complete the course because I was elected Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte and had to return home to serve my provincemates (1980-1983).
Marcos, the only son of the late strongman and former President Ferdinand Marcos, is considered as one of the possible contenders in the 2016 presidential election to face frontrunner VP Jejomar Binay.
Despite not having officially declared his political plans, he remains included among the choices in Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station (SWS) surveys, although results are not particularly encouraging placing him behind 5 or 6 other potential candidates.